Westminster Education Forum

Next steps for England’s examination system - priorities for the regulator and key issues for e-assessment and marking

Morning, Friday, 2nd February 2018

Central London


This seminar will be a timely opportunity to discuss the next steps for England’s examination system, its performance and future shape, and key priorities for Ofqual.

It follows Ofsted’s recent emphasis on the importance of balancing the demands of the exam system with the wider curriculum, the Government response to its consultation on primary assessment and comes with reform ongoing to both GCSEs and A-Levels. Stakeholders, policymakers and regulators will assess the developing role of technology in assessment and exams - looking at its potential impact on examiners and teachers’ workloads - measures that can be taken to ensure effective delivery, and how it might need to evolve.

Further sessions focus on examination marking, in light of Ofqual recently launching a review into teachers’ involvement in developing exam papers and the Education Select Committee identifying public examinations as an area of focus for this Parliament. Delegates will also consider steps that can be taken to attract high quality and experienced examiners, measures that can be taken to improve consistency of exams, and the place of e-marking in the system.

Guest of Honour

Senior speaker confirmed from Ofqual

Supported by

Guest of Honour

Senior speaker confirmed from Ofqual


Thelma Walker MP

Member, Education Select Committee


Caron Downes

Classics Teacher, St Olave's School, York

Michael Turner

Director General, JCQ CIC

Greg Watson

Chief Executive, GL Assessment

Paula Wilcock

Chief Assessment Officer, International Baccalaureate

Tim Downie

Business Development Director, RM Results

Matt Wingfield

Chairman, The e-Assessment Association

Helen Pike

Master, Magdalen College School, Oxfordshire

Nansi Ellis

Assistant General Secretary (Policy), ATL Section, National Education Union

Pete Langley

Study Help Product Director, The Student Room